Boris Malagurski

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Boris Malagurski
Boris Malagurski Raindance.jpg
Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
Born (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 26)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2005–present
Website
http://www.malagurski.com

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, television host and activist.[1] He is the director and producer of documentary films such as The Weight of Chains and Belgrade.

He is the owner of the Malagurski Cinema production company, based in Vancouver, Canada.

Life and work

Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[2]

Since Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005, he identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[3] Malagurski made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. The film was shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.[4]

According to the Malagurski Cinema website, Malagurski has been a columnist with Kišobran (lit. Umbrella), a Serbian language monthly newspaper published in Vancouver. Again according to the website, he was the founding president of the Serbian Youth League in Vancouver in February 2008.[5]

Kosovo: Can You Imagine?

Malagurski's documentary film Kosovo: Can You Imagine? (2009) deals with human rights of Serbs in Kosovo.[citation needed] The film features interviews with retired major general Lewis MacKenzie, former ambassador James Byron Bissett and Michel Chossudovsky, who help analyze the state in which the disputed province finds itself since declaring secession from Serbia. In realizing this film project, Malagurski received help from Princess Linda, from the House of Karađorđević, as well as UNMIK official John Hawthorne and Irish diplomat Mary Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated.[6] In December 2009, the documentary had its broadcast premiere on RT TV network.[7]

The Weight of Chains

His film The Weight of Chains (2010) deals with Western involvement in the breakup of Yugoslavia.[1] The film is supported by the Global Research Institute,[8] and tackles the question of why Yugoslavia fell apart.[9]

The Belgrade-based daily newspaper Blic noted that this film "exploded on the Internet" and became the topic of many blogs and discussions.[10] The Politika newspaper wrote that over a million people saw The Weight of Chains over the Internet.[11] The film was shown at film festivals as well as cinemas in the United States, Australia and Canada.[10] In October 2011, the film was broadcast on RTV BN,[12] and on RTRS in January 2012.[13] The Croatian media portal Javno.hr described "The Weight of Chains" as a "controversial film" that explores "the causes and circumstances that lead to the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars in that region".[14] As of 2012, the film is distributed worldwide by Journeyman Pictures.[15] When the journalist Miroslav Filipović asked Malagurski whether he'd agree that his film is "one-sided" and "too Serbian", Malagurski answered that it can only be both "too Serbian" and "too Croatian" as it's "in the interest of the people of that part of the world".[14]

Sequel

In April 2012, Malagurski announced the production of a sequel, The Weight of Chains 2, which will, according to the author, continue where the first part ended.[11] The film will include interviews with Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Carla Del Ponte, R. James Woolsey, Ivo Josipović, Vuk Jeremić, Michael Ruppert, Mlađan Dinkić, Michael Parenti, Miroslav Lazanski and others.[11][16][17] As of June 2014, the film has not been released.

Belgrade

Boris Malagurski interviewing Novak Djokovic for Belgrade

In 2011 Malagurski started working on a documentary film about Belgrade, which aimed to capture the spirit of the Serbian capital. The film has been described as the first feature documentary about Belgrade.[18] The author claims that Belgrade boasts a unique quality and energy, in spite of the fact that it was destroyed and rebuilt over 40 times in its history and that the greatest attraction of the city are the citizens themselves.[19][20] The film had its world premiere on 19 October 2013 at Sava Centar in Belgrade.[21]

The documentary features interviews with Belgraders, such as tennis player Novak Djokovic, and is in English. In an interview for Večernje novosti, a Belgrade-based daily newspaper, Malagurski said that he made a break from producing the film while working on a documentary called "The Presumption of Justice", but that he still aims to show the capital of Serbia in the best possible way, as well as to inspire foreigners to come and visit it.[22]

Revolution

As of January 2013, Boris Malagurski is the host of "Revolution" (Serbian: Револуција), a weekly TV show on Happy TV, a Serbian television network broadcast nationally.[23][citation needed] According to Malagurski, the goal of the show, which features documentary segments and interviews with state officials, political and economic analysts, psychologists, foreign experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia, is to come up with an answer to the question - why do people still have a low standard of living and what can be done to change that.[24] Malagurski doesn't solve issues in the TV show, but aims to provoke initiative so that the citizens can move forward.[25]

Media and speeches

The Serbian newspaper "Politika" described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore",[1] though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year.[26] The description was taken up by Press[27] and other media outlets in the region.

Malagurski regularly gives speeches about his film making tactics and current social, political and economic issues in the Balkans, he has spoken at the Association of Students of the Faculty of Law,[28][29][citation needed] the Serbian students political forum at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade,[30] at the Novi Sad Law School and the University of Novi Sad Medical School and Faculty of Philosophy,[31] as well as on the panel at a public forum at the Management Faculty in Sremski Karlovci.[32] He also gave a speech on "guerilla filmmaking" at the Megatrend University in Belgrade[33]

Malagurski took part the "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" debate organized by the Belgrade Youth Office of the City Government of Belgrade[34][not in citation given] and the "Trustees of Kosovo Thought" conference at the 57th International Book Fair in Belgrade organized by the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.[35][dead link]

Activism

Occasionally, Malagurski has written articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought[36][37][38] and has produced a video report for the Centre for Research on Globalization.[39][citation needed]

In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film "The Weight of Chains" at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[40] which he claims was a show of support for the Serbs' cause in fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[41] In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the building of Radio Television Serbia that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film "The Weight of Chains" on Serbia's public broadcaster.[42] In front of hundreds of protesters, Malagurski stated that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, told Malagurski that despite positive reviews, it couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already aired on Happy TV, while Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown.[43] Malagurski provided signed and stamped documentation from Happy TV in which it's written that Happy TV never aired "The Weight of Chains".[44] On October 24, 2012, exactly 100 years after the Battle of Kumanovo, Malagurski, together with other Serbian activists, organized a "Thanksgiving walk of remembrance" that started in front of the Government of Serbia building and continued to the Novo groblje cemetery complex where the organizers laid a wreath on the tomb of Radomir Putnik, the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian army in the Balkan Wars.[45][citation needed]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2005 The Canada Project Yes No No Yes
2009 Kosovo: Can You Imagine? Yes No Yes Yes
2011 The Weight of Chains Yes Yes Yes No
2012 The Presumption of Justice Yes Yes Yes No
2013 Belgrade Yes Yes Yes No
2014 The Weight of Chains 2 Yes Yes Yes No Post-production
Television
Year Title Director Host Notes
2013 Revolucija (Season 1) Yes Yes 20 episodes from January to June
Revolucija (Season 2) Yes Yes 16 episodes from September to December
2014 Revolucija (Season 3) Yes Yes 12 episodes from January to present

Awards and screenings

References

  1. ^ a b c Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  2. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  3. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  4. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  5. ^ "Malagurski Cinema - About". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Nepodnošljiva lakoća istine - Pečat Magazine May 26, 2011
  7. ^ Kosovo: Can you imagine? XL Reports | Russia Today, December 11, 2009[dead link]
  8. ^ New Documentary Film by Boris Malagurski | Global Research, January 7, 2010
  9. ^ Srbi se konačno probudili i udružili Novine Toronto, March 26, 2010
  10. ^ a b Kapitalizam pljačka Srbiju Blic
  11. ^ a b c Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  12. ^ BN - SREDA 19.10.2011 21:00 - Težina lanaca, dokumentarni film
  13. ^ TEŽINA LANACA - dokumentarni film, RTRS[dead link]
  14. ^ a b Jugoslavija je bila preteča EU, a Zapadu je bio njezin raspad "Yugoslavia was the forerunner of the EU". Javno.hr. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Journeyman Pictures : Documentaries Serbia - The Weight Of Chains - 124 min 30 sec
  16. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 About
  17. ^ Malagurski: Uz puno truda bolje sutra može da se ostvari Večernje novosti
  18. ^ Belgrade premiere | DanuBeogradu
  19. ^ Kultura : Zagolicajmo maštu turista Politika, 5 October 2011
  20. ^ Belgrade with Boris Malagurski Official Website
  21. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013 | Radio Television Serbia
  22. ^ Boris Malagurski: Želim da radim u Srbiji Večernje novosti
  23. ^ Revolucija Happy TV
  24. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV Story.rs
  25. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  26. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  27. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  28. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" conference at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, featuring Boris Malagurski
  29. ^ Video of Boris Malagurski at the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade
  30. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
  31. ^ The Weight of Chains at the Faculty of Philosophy[dead link]
  32. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  33. ^ Reditelj Boris Malagurski posetio Megatrend Megatrent[dead link]
  34. ^ Tribina Should I Stay Or Should I Go Kancelarija za mlade
  35. ^ Kancelarija za Kosovo i Metohiju na 57. Međunarodnom sajmu knjiga u Beogradu od 21. do 28. oktobra 2012. Program
  36. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  37. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  38. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  39. ^ Fracturing Serbia: Vojvodina The Next Powder Keg Boris Malagurski for GRTV
  40. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
  41. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  42. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  43. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  44. ^ Protest ispred zgrade RTS Pravda[dead link]
  45. ^ Thanksgiving walk United Journalists of Serbia Press Centre
  46. ^ a b Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  47. ^ "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  48. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009
  49. ^ Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Glas Srbije, May 11, 2009
  50. ^ Težina lanaca: Kritika uloge NATO, EU i SAD i raspadu SFRJ BELDOCS 2011
  51. ^ [1] Raindance Film Festival 2011
  52. ^ Radio Television Serbia | The Weight of Chains in London[dead link]
  53. ^ [2] MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
  54. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  55. ^ Ann Arbor Docu Fest: The Weight of Chains at Cafe Ambrosia accessed Aug 23, 2014

External links

Official websites

Print media interviews

Films